Coverart for item
The Resource Shot all to hell : Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild west's greatest escape, Mark Lee Gardner

Shot all to hell : Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild west's greatest escape, Mark Lee Gardner

Label
Shot all to hell : Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild west's greatest escape
Title
Shot all to hell
Title remainder
Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild west's greatest escape
Statement of responsibility
Mark Lee Gardner
Title variation
Shot all to hell
Title variation remainder
Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild Wests greatest escape
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time -- the Northfield raid -- which led to a two-week chase ending with the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
Spur Award for Historical Nonfiction, 2014.
Review
  • In this true-life tale of the infamous Jesse James and his outlaw gang, historian Gardner (To Hell on a Fast Horse) crafts an elegant narrative that’s as entertaining as it is historically accurate. Led by the “unquestionably charismatic” Jesse and his Shakespeare- and Bible-quoting brother Frank, the criminals are a “bunch of good ol’ boys” whose “fearless efficiency” in their capers and their penchant for stylish horses, clothes, and pistols made them celebrities in their own day. The book’s focus is a 10-minute bank heist and shootout in Northfield, Minn., in 1876, which leaves two gang members dead and the survivors on the lam. Gardner conveys the mayhem wonderfully, shifting focus from within the bank to the men on the street to townspeople taking up arms in defense, providing a rich visual and rhythmic dimension to the story and shedding light on a bygone era’s drastically different approach to law enforcement. The ensuing manhunt is fraught with tension as the James gang, with “various wounds seeping blood and pus,” roams the wilderness, evading numerous mobilized vigilante forces made up of a panoply of characters with rich histories all their own. A must-read for any western fan. Agent: Jim Donovan, Donovan Literary. (Aug. 1) --Staff (Reviewed May 27, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 21, p)
  • An action-packed, admiring portrait of the James-Younger gang that robbed people, banks and trains for a decade before retiring, dying or stewing in prison. Western historian Gardner (To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West, 2010) has done impressive research in the Old West's abundant but relentlessly unreliable sources (lurid newspaper articles, jailhouse interviews, self-serving memoirs by elderly gang members) to deliver a colorful portrait of men who do not deserve his admiration. Jesse James (1847–1882), Frank James (1843–1915) and the Younger brothers grew up in the Midwest. Confederate sympathizers, most participated as "bushwackers" in the nasty partisan insurgency that wracked Missouri during the Civil War. Inured to violence, they later coalesced into a criminal band that traveled widely and became national news. Gardner summarizes their lives and early depredations before settling in to describe their last, spectacularly bungled 1876 robbery of a Northfield, Minn., bank. The clerk refused to open the safe. By the time the gang lost patience and killed him, the citizenry had gathered whatever weapons they could find, killed two gang members and wounded the rest before the robbers fled. There followed a massive, disorganized manhunt from which only Jesse and Frank escaped. Jesse later recruited another gang and committed several robberies before one member killed him for the reward. Written in the breathless prose that seems obligatory for this genre and with more sympathy to the subjects than seems necessary, the book is still a gripping read and probably tells all there is to tell about a legendary group of psychopaths.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2013)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10175575
Cataloging source
UPZ
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gardner, Mark Lee
Dewey number
364.15/52/09776/555
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6661.M62
LC item number
G37 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • James, Jesse
  • James, Frank
  • Younger, Cole
  • Younger, James
  • Bank robberies
  • Outlaws
  • James, Frank
  • James, Jesse
  • Younger, Cole
  • Younger, James
  • Bank robberies
  • Outlaws
  • Minnesota
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild West's greatest escape
Label
Shot all to hell : Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild west's greatest escape, Mark Lee Gardner
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Rocky Cut -- Band of brothers -- Tigers on the loose -- The hottest day Northfield ever saw -- And then there were six -- The great manhunt -- Last stand on the Watonwan -- The pursuit of the James Boys -- One last escape -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9780061989476
Lccn
2013372441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)848920251
Label
Shot all to hell : Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild west's greatest escape, Mark Lee Gardner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Rocky Cut -- Band of brothers -- Tigers on the loose -- The hottest day Northfield ever saw -- And then there were six -- The great manhunt -- Last stand on the Watonwan -- The pursuit of the James Boys -- One last escape -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9780061989476
Lccn
2013372441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)848920251

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      85 Literary Lane, Newnan, GA, 30265, US
      33.38561 -84.669793

Library Links

Processing Feedback ...